Last week, during stormy weather, HSD Office welcomed the Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) at the HSD Campus. CSIT is the UK's Innovation and Knowledge Centre (IKC) for cyber security, located in Belfast Northern Ireland. CSIT Director Godfrey Gaston, Head of Strategic Partnerships & Engagement David Crozier, HSD Director Richard Franken and Innovation Liaison Bert Feskens discussed a cooperation between CSIT and HSD, with an additional focus on a broader worldwide network of security networks/cluster. On top of this, InnovationQuarter and HSD SME Connect also explored possible opportunities for cooperation with CSIT.
CSIT offers an environment that encourages collaboration among academics, researchers, engineers, industry and government to accelerate the results of research through to commercial application. Being an independent entity within the Queens University Belfast, CSIT offers an entrepreneurial approach in the area of cyber security, which contrasts with the more conventional way academic research is undertaken. They have already attacked over 100 high-tech Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and start-up companies. Their multinational partners include Altera, BAE Systems, Cisco, Infosys, IBM, Intel/McAfee, Roke and Thales.
Later this year, we will continue our discussion on how HSD and CSIT could cooperate on creating value for both our partners.